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Southern Illinois Fishing Reports

Southern Illinois Fishing Report- December 12th, 2014

Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish action has slowed somewhat. Bluegill action also has slowed, although some fish are still being caught along the rip rap on crickets and wax worms. Bass action is good on a variety of baits fished around shallow cover.

Baldwin Lake: Catfish are on the move and those that are being caught are small. Anglers are tossing crankbaits around rip rap and catching a few bass. Bluegills are slow but will hit on meal worms or wax worms occasionally.

Carlyle Lake: Channel cats are good on the lake for anglers drifting or jug fishing with cut bait or leeches. Good catches reported near Keyesport and Boulder. Flatheads are also biting, with a 24-pounder caught recently near the spillway. Cut bait also working as are slab spoons thrown up along the wall. Crappie fishing is good below the dam.
 

Kinkaid Lake: Muskie action has been excellent. Anglers trolling and casting are picking up fish. Spinner baits and shallow running baits are the most effective. Crappie fishing is rated fair. Anglers are taking fish at varied depths, from 2 to 18 feet. Minnows are the primary bait. Catfish and bluegill action has been slow. However, bass anglers are reporting good success on spinnerbaits.

Lake of Egypt: Crappie action remains slow. Some fish are being caught on curlytails and minnows. Most fish are being located in 8 to 10 feet in front of weedbeds. Bass are still rated fair on soft plastics. Catfish action picked up recently, fishing shrimp in shallow water.

Lake Murphysboro: Catfish action remains excellent, particularly in the morning and early evening. Most anglers are using chicken liver and nightcrawlers. Bass are also rated fair to good. Crappie anglers are finding fish are various depths. Minnows are the preferred bait. Bluegill action is slow.

Little Grassy: Catfish action remains steady throughout the lake. Night crawlers are the most effective bait. Crappie fishing has slowed somewhat. Fish are still deep. A couple of nice fish were taken recently, but numbers were down. Minnows are the primary bait. Bass action remains fair.

Rend Lake: Crappies are still rated good on minnows, chartreuse jigs, white jigs and pink/green jigs. Fish are being caught over Christmas tree sets and near bridge pillars in 6-10 feet of water. The Route 154 rip rap, Gun Creek bridge and the sailboat harbor wall have all been productive areas. Catfish action also has been good. Catfish anglers are working rip rap areas, Gun Creek, the subimpoundment dams and shallow areas. Shrimp, nightcrawlers, shiners and stinkbaits have all been effective.

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